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Pilot Point, Brooksville

Jutting out from the eastern shore of Bucks Harbor in Brooksville, this 9-acre preserve welcomes boaters and paddlers looking to explore an inviting gravel beach.


Pilot Point is great for:

Pilot Point is good for:

  • Paddling – While paddling across Bucks Harbor, stop along the shores of Pilot Point to enjoy a picnic and scan the waters for resident sea life.

How to get there

Although located on the mainland, the preserve is only accessible by boat. An attractive gravel beach provides a good place to access the preserve. The nearest public boat launch site is the Bridge End boat launch on Deer Isle, across the Eggemoggin Reach. This launch is suitable for trailer and hand launching. For a longer trip, the town of Castine also has a public boat launch.

Get directions from Google Maps Printable Preserve Map

For a complete map with legend and guidelines, click on the Printable Preserve Map above.

Notes on topography, flora, and fauna

Despite its relatively small size, the Pilot Point Preserve features four natural communities: spruce-northern hardwoods forest, a small patch of red maple fen, roughly 200 linear feet of beach strand on the northeastern shoreline, and roughly 300 linear feet of mixed graminoid-forb saltmarsh along the northern portion of the northwestern shoreline.

Among the wildlife species that call the preserve home are more than two dozen bird species, various amphibians, snowshoe hare, red squirrel, porcupine, raccoon, and white-tailed deer.

How this place became open to the public

A generous, conservation-minded landowner donated the Pilot Point Preserve to MCHT in 2011.

Preserve information/guidelines

  • No Camping Permitted
  • No Fires Permitted
  • Carry Out All Trash
    • Including Human and Pet Waste and Toilet Paper
  • Keep Pets Under Control
  • Please Respect the Privacy of Preserve Neighbors